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Date: Team: Pos:

Mark Giordano has been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The award is given to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season." Giordano was named the NHL Foundation Player Award winner last season. Since 2014, "Team Giordano" has raised $300,000 to high-needs schools to promote improved physical activity and academics.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 8:18 PM

Dougie Hamilton feels being paired with Mark Giordano was a sizable factor in his success this season.

Hamilton got off to a rough start in 2016-17 as he had six points and was already minus-nine in 16 games through Nov. 12. After that, the decision was made to pair Hamilton with Giordano and from there Hamilton had 44 points and a plus-21 rating in 65 contests. "It was definitely a big change from where I started the season. I think I was playing with a bunch of different partners, third-pairings and that kind of thing," Hamilton said. "I had a bad stretch of games with a lot of minuses. (Gulutzan) put me with Gio and it kind of turned my season around. I tried to make the most of it and take the opportunity." Hamilton thinks very highly of Giordano and said that he looks up to him. Given their success together in 2016-17, it wouldn't be surprising to see them paired up again next season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 27 - 10:44 AM

Johnny Gaudreau was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy on Sunday.

The trophy "is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." It is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The last member of the Flames to win it was Jiri Hudler in 2014. Bob MacMillan was the first Flame to take home the honors in 1979, when the team was still in Atlanta. Hall of Famer and Flames' Cup champion Joe Mullen won the other two times for the franchise, in 1987 and 1989.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 23 - 7:29 PM

Chad Johnson, who becomes a UFA on July 1, wants to return to the Calgary Flames.

The Flames need goaltending as both Johnson and Brian Elliott are potential UFA's. Johnson was slated to be the Flames backup this season but carried them early on as Elliott really struggled. Johnson was 18-15-1 this season with a 2.59 GAA and a .910 save percentage so he certainly played a lot. "I want to be a 1A goalie," Johnson said. "I think I’ve proven I can be a 1B when I was given the opportunity I took that role and had that roll and did well. My goal is to be part of a winning team and to play and to contribute. I think I can do that here." Stay tuned.
Apr 23 - 7:40 AM

Sam Bennett once again, showed his potential during the playoffs.

Bennett is only 20, but has shown tremendous ability in the post-season twice in his NHL career while struggling during the regular season. "Sam Bennett, to me, I thought he had a real impact on the series," GM Brad Treliving said. "At the hardest time of the year, he made an impact. And why was it? That’s what we just talked about: ‘Why did you have that impact?’ You look at that Anaheim team down the middle of the ice, pick your poison. He was playing against (Ryan) Kesler a lot, and to me, he went nose-for-nose. There was no retreat. He was going forward. He was productive. To me, he set the tone a lot in the games. He was a snarly S.O.B. to play against. I think he has no problem with that type of game, in that setting, on the road, in a hostile building. To me, that’s a big step. It’s a real building block for him. We didn’t go to where we wanted to go to, but Sam did his part." Bennett had only 26 points in the regular season but expect 50-plus next year.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 23 - 7:32 AM

Pending unrestricted free agent goalie Brian Elliott wants to return to Calgary next season.

The question is, however, whether the Flames want him back. Elliott started the season terribly (3-9-1 over the first six weeks of the campaign) but was tremendous later in the season, ultimately posting a 26-18-3 record with a 2.55 goals against average and .910 save percentage. However, Elliott did not play particularly well against the Ducks in Anaheim's first-round, four-game sweep of the Flames. It will be interesting to see how Calgary GM Brad Treliving plays it with Elliott and backup Chad Johnson, who can also become an unrestricted free agent and wants to return to Calgary.
Apr 22 - 9:56 AM

Mikael Backlund is dealing with a recurring back issue.

Backlund will not play for Sweden in the 2017 World Championships as a result. The Flames were eliminated from the first round on Wednesday, so now he'll have the summer to heal.
Apr 21 - 5:55 PM

Sean Monahan will undergo wrist surgery.

Monahan will skip the 2017 World Championships as a result. He called the surgery minor though and didn't see it impacting him his training over the summer.
Apr 21 - 5:23 PM

Michael Frolik will skip the 2017 World Championships because of a wrist injury.

Frolik played in all 82 regular season games and four playoff contests for the Flames. He had an assist and a minus-two rating for the Flames in the 2017 postseason.
Apr 21 - 3:36 PM

Johnny Gaudreau has decided to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Championships.

Gaudreau is extending his 2016-17 campaign after the Flames were swept by Anaheim in the first round of the playoffs. He had two assists and a minus-three rating in that series.
Apr 21 - 3:32 PM

NHL linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25 million lawsuit against Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Henderson is seeking general damages of $200,000, special damages to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses of $50,000, and damages for loss of income and future loss of income of $10 million. Wideman hit Henderson during a Jan. 27, 2016, game in Calgary and he was initially suspended for 20 games. The ban was reduced to 10 contests by an independent arbitrator, which the league fought unsuccessfully in court.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 20 - 6:35 PM

Tyler Parsons has joined AHL Stockton on an amateur tryout.

Parsons excelled in the OHL in 2016-17 with a 23-6-3 record. He also registered a 2.37 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage for the London Knights. The 19-year-old netminder also backstopped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships.
Apr 20 - 3:07 PM

Jon Gillies has been returned to the minors.

He posted an 18-14-1 record with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage with the Stockton Heat. Gillies will be available when Calgary's AHL affiliate begins the Calder Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Barracuda on Friday night.
Apr 20 - 2:59 PM

With the Flames eliminated in the first round, Brian Elliott might have played in his last game with Calgary.

Calgary gave St. Louis a 2016 second round pick (Jordan Kyrou) in exchange for Elliott, but the goaltender is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Elliott's season with Calgary had some great highlights, but was also inconsistent. In the playoffs he struggled with a 3.89 GAA and .880 save percentage. Per the terms of the trade with St. Louis, if Calgary re-signs Elliott then the Blues will also receive the Flames' 2018 third round pick.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Neither Brian Elliott nor Chad Johnson could stem the tide of a 3-1 loss to the Ducks Wednesday night.

The Flames did not put much faith in Elliott. He lasted only 5:38 minutes in the first and faced three shots. Patrick Eaves got past him unassisted and Elliott seemed confused as he skated off the ice. A little more than a minute later, Nate Thompson beat Johnson and that was all the Ducks needed to advance in the playoffs. With seven seconds remaining, Ryan Getzlaf scored into an empty net.
Apr 20 - 1:04 AM


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